a Texas A woman who conspired to kill her husband to collect life insurance payments has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
Jennifer Faith, 48, admitted to arranging the plot in February after authorities discovered she had texted her high school sweetheart, Darrin Reuben Lopez, more than 14,000 times to persuade her to kill her husband, Jamie Faith.
Lopez was arrested on January 11, 2021 and is still awaiting trial on both state and federal charges in connection with the murder, both of which he has pleaded not guilty.
Lopez allegedly drove from her home on October 9, 2020 Tennessee in Dallas, Texas, where the couple lived, and shot Jamie Faith seven times in the back as the couple was walking their dog.
After the murder, Faith consistently denied his involvement and even said on television that he expected the killer to come forward.
‘I shouldn’t be a widow at 48, you know?’ He said WFAA In December.
‘It’s been terrible, devastating. I am in the middle of being heartbroken and utterly devastated. Every day has been terrible,’ she said at the time before Lopez’s arrest.
Jennifer Faith (left) has been sentenced to life in prison for her involvement in the murder of her husband, Jamie Faith (right).
Jennifer Faith, 48, is pictured with her high school sweetheart Darin Ruben Lopez
Faith sent her ex-boyfriend Lopez over 14,000 texts before admitting to investigators that she had plotted to murder her husband.
Vishwas is alleged to have told the police that she was not able to identify the shooter as he was wearing a face mask and was coming from behind. He fabricated a version of events which he assumed would free him of any possible charges.
Faith said, ‘We went out the door and we got to the house right behind you and I heard me running behind you and I turned around and the shooting started.’
‘The man kept on shooting and shooting. A neighbor said they saw him try to shoot me and the gun was empty. I was running down this driveway and he confronted me, started banging me, and taped my hands together.’
Police also released details of Lopez’s truck, and Faith urged the public to come forward with the information.
Vishwas said, ‘Somebody has got to know whose truck it is. ‘It’s a black Nissan Titan extended cab. It had a Texas Rangers sticker in its rear window. So it was very specific from that point on.’
Faith then texted Lopez instructing her to remove the Texas Rangers sticker, which she did.
After searching the texts and Faith’s attempt to collect $629,000 in life insurance money, prosecutors became suspicious and uncovered the conspiracy.
US Attorney Chad Meacham said in a statement on Tuesday, ‘The crocodile did not stop eating tears. ‘We were committed to getting Jamie to justice, and with the judge handed down a life sentence this afternoon, we’re one step closer.’
Jennifer Faith was booked into a Dallas prison in February after a warrant found she had an affair with Lopez. He first told the police that he didn’t know who the killer was.
Jamie Faith was shot about 15 feet from the couple’s home, shown here, while they were walking their dog
Faith also created a fundraiser on GoFundMe called ‘Support for Jennifer Faith’. The fundraiser raised more than $60,000, but Faith used the money to pay off the credit cards that Lopez had used and buy gifts for her family.
Faith reunited with Lopez in March 2020, and began messaging her intimately and calling her his ‘soulmate’. Lopez told Faith that he had suffered a severe brain injury while serving in Iraq, which left him disabled.
Faith lied to Lopez that her husband, an IT director at American Airlines, was sexually and physically abusive. According to court documents, Lopez responded with sympathy and offered to ‘put a bullet in the head’.
The two continued to message each other hundreds of times a day, before resuming a day later, suddenly stopping on the day of her husband’s death.
With a life sentence, she was ordered to pay a $250,000 fine and $6,500 to the family of her deceased husband.